Despite many doom and gloom predictions about the future of the gambling industry, many of the top names in both live and online casino entertainment are posting very positive numbers this season. On the brick and mortar scene, Macau continues to be the gambling destination of choice among international travelers. As proof that 2010 is going to be a very good year indeed for Macau’s casino operators, they posted record-breaking numbers last month with over $1.76 billion in combined revenue – a 70% increase over April of 2009.

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Even Las Vegas’ operators, many of whom had a dismal winter, seem optimistic as the city’s big tourist season rapidly approaches and as the newest attraction – City Center – continues to post solid numbers. There are even signs that the regular crowd is starting to return; local gambling giant Boyd Gaming also posted a profit in the first quarter and is projecting growth in the next, largely due to the pending acquisition of their primary competitor, Station Casinos.

Even online casino operators experience occasional lulls, but April wasn’t a month that saw many of them. One of the leading casino software providers – Playtech – announced significant growth (29%) in their gross income during the last quarter. As their new collaboration with William Hill gains momentum, and once France officially opens its doors to outside operators, the company expects to see even more growth in the quarters to come.

Speaking of France’s recent decision to fully legalize online gambling, many online casino online sportsbook singapore industry insiders are predicting that the move will positively affect the second quarter numbers of many different operators. With poker’s biggest live event – the World Series of Poker – rapidly approaching, many online poker rooms are also expected to get a revenue boost this season.

Even companies like the ubiquitous 888 Holdings – which had mixed results between revenue gains in their casino sector and small losses in their poker branch – are making optimistic statements about their expected revenues for the whole of 2010. This logical but hopeful attitude seems to be spreading throughout the industry as many of the biggest operators are taking chances and expanding their offerings this year.